Have a craving for a push-to-talk Android handset and hefty price tag? Well, then look no further because it seems that Motorola and pre-paid MVNO Boost Mobile have you covered.

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That’s right, if you head over to Best Buy’s site, you can find the product page for the Motorola i1, the first Android iDEN handset to hit the market. I’d imagine you’d have to be pretty crazy for the push-to-talk capabilities that the phone offers though, because you’ll have to pay $349.99 to pick one up once it hits Best Buy’s shelf. On second thought, you’d have to be crazy in general to want to pay $350 for a mid-range Android handset – you can nearly buy 2 EVO 4G’s for that price.

The price is so high because this phone is being sold without any carrier subsides, as Boost is a pre-paid carrier and as such doesn’t offer a discount on phones. In return, however, you also don’t get locked into a contract and they don’t require a credit check. So, if that’s your thing, and you’re dying for Android love on Boost, it’s not a bad option.

The features on the phone aren’t awful…they’re just not great. I noticed that it seems they’re recommending Opera Mini 5 instead of the default browser, which is kind of interesting. Along with that, you’ll also get:

  • Built-In Wi-Fi
    For connection to the Internet. Stereo Bluetooth-compatible for hands-free conversation on a Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Opera Mini 5 Web browser and Android operating system
    Allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
  • 3.1" HVGA touch-screen display
    For clear viewing of your text massages, photos and videos.
  • Store contacts, number photos and more
    With the microSD memory card slot (2GB microSD card included). Supports up to 16GB microSD cards.
  • Built-in 5.0MP camera with autofocus, flash and zoom
    For taking still photos and short videos.
  • SWYPE technology
    For blazing-fast messaging.
  • Nationwide Walkie-Talkie
    Offers flexible communication.
  • Multimedia, instant messaging and text messaging
    Let you easily communicate with friends and family. Supports Google Talk, MSN, Yahoo! and more.
  • Customizable ringtones
    Allow you to personalize the sound of your phone.
  • Vibrate mode
    Notifies you discreetly of incoming calls and messages.
  • Voice activation
    For hands-free dialing.
  • Speed dial
    Lets you call frequently used numbers with the touch of a button.
  • Additional features
    Include built-in Google Talk, photo and video sharing and more.
  • Downloadable content
    Includes graphics and games to add creative touches to your phone.
  • Up to 210 minutes talk time and up to 100 hours standby
    With included rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

So, what do you think? Does the i1 look worth the $350 to you?

Source: Best Buy

Via: Mobile Crunch

Chris Dehghanpoor
Chris is an Android devotee based out of Houston, TX. He enjoys indie rock, general geekery and long walks on the beach. If you can't find him online, he's probably playing Plants VS Zombies.
  • walyfipe

    As a previous Verizon Customer, I entered the world of Boost in May 2010. I have to say that I switch my Blackberry 8330 for the i1 on December 2010. I might not have the same reception as the BB (real life testing), but the Motorola i1 has so much power than the BB8330. Not only has more internal memory for processing, but with the capability of extending its memory to a wooping 32 GB (through a microsd), it is a real winner.
    In my own way, I see it as the replacement for everything: camera, phone and "iPod" in one item. Although I have not been able to buy the 32GB memory yet (still expensive), I have a 4 GB and it is not bad. Half of it for music nd the rest for applications and pictures. With the QuickOffice APP, you can have your own computer in your hands, as you can have the capability of partial MS Office in your phone (or you can get the Documents To Go too). Apps from the market, although limited due to its 1.5 Droid software, still offers a great variety of applications for use. Another cool feature about this phone, is the PPT (walkie-talkie) feature. Is included in the unlimited plan, so you can get in touch with another PPT/iden user instantly.
    The best part on the service is not having a contract, all unlimited for only $50... On January, Boost started to offer insurance for $5 extra, that is great. Oh, but wait, with the "shrikage" program you can end up paying $35 dollar total ($40 with insurance, after 18 months of paid on time accounts) for all unlimited. The power of droid with all unlimited? Now that is a great deal!
    Think of it this way if you don't want to pay for a phone, that means a 2-year contract plan. Take Verizon for example: unlimited talk $70, unlimited text $10, "limited web" $30, insurance for $5... for a total of $105 a month minimum before taxes and all of the other things that they charge. Now, with only that number ($105) that is a savings of $50 a month and no contract. Within 2 years that is a savings of $1200 and with those sainvgs you can buy the phone for sure.

    • David Fancis

      The only downfall (the only one it really needs) that at even at the time of its release, it had some serious network issues. The blackberry may have had worse specs, but I bet it could download apps 50 times faster, if not more. The IDEN network is not smartphone capable.